Organized jointly by the Permanent Mission of Vietnam in Geneva and the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG), the event was attended by ambassadors, heads of missions, and representatives from countries and international organizations, as well as delegates from UN member countries participating in the High-Level Event Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In her opening speech, Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and other international organizations in Geneva, emphasized the importance of the exhibition, stating that it showcases the profound connection between human rights and the preservation and development of cultural and natural heritage.
Mai expressed her hope that through the exhibition, international friends will gain a deeper understanding of Vietnam’s cultural diversity, where communities of 54 ethnic groups coexist harmoniously and unitedly.
She also highlighted Vietnam’s active and responsible participation in the operation of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as a member for the 2023-2025 tenure.
Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of UNOG, commended Vietnam for organizing this event, affirming that the UN always places importance on promoting cultural diversity and considers it as a foundation for peace, cooperation, and mutual understanding among nations in building a more harmonious and prosperous world.
The exhibition provides a profound insight into the lives of various ethnic communities in Vietnam, reflecting the enduring cultural values passed down through generations and showcasing the development of unique cultural identities within these communities. It also demonstrates the country’s relentless efforts in preserving the world’s cultural heritage.
Preserving cultural heritage is crucial for future generations. Both tangible and intangible cultural heritage serve as valuable resources and catalysts for achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs), she noted.
Valovaya also emphasized the active participation of Vietnamese women in efforts to preserve and develop cultural diversity, as well as implementing SDGs.
The two-day exhibition is part of a program aimed at enhancing mutual understanding, dialogue, and cooperation, as well as fostering commitments to common values related to human rights, peace, development, and the well-being of people.